Saturday, June 27, 2015

How I feel about Recent Events Regarding Marriage

An Asian Traditional Marriage
jpg obtained from wikipedia




I believe that God wants marriage to be between a Man and a Woman and God. However, I understand that many others do not agree with me, and I do not have a problem with them living how they choose, as long as they are honest and happy in their relationships and true to one another. And kind to others regarding their choices and know that others have differing opinions and values.

And do not try to force others to do things they don't agree with like a pastor to perform a marriage between gays that doesn't agree religiously to do so. I believe the Pastor, Church has a right to decline on the basis of conflicting beliefs. I Can believe that God has commanded for marriage to be between a man and a woman. And each person has the right to believe snd worship; how, where, or what they may. According to the dictates of their own consciences. I know others makes different decisions than I do. I do not condone their acts, and I do not agree with them. However, this does not mean I treat any of these people differently. I try to show kindness and love to them.

I affirm that I believe marriage to be a union instituted by God between a Man And A Woman. However, that does not mean that I treat LGBTQ or Gays or Lesbians differently than I treat my fellow Men and Women in this World. I try to treat them with kindness and love.

They do not want my religion, values or philosophy on life instituted upon them. I do not want theirs instituted upon me. We have differing opinions and choices. That does not mean we cannot be kind, and loving. We are all a part of the human race. Our biggest need in this life is to be loved, accepted, to have meaningful and poignant relationships. I affirm that every person living today needs this and has the right to seek their own happiness. Even if it differs from mine.

Part of my soul feels that even if others disagree with me on values, morals and the way they live their lives; that I should still be compassionate, kind, understanding and human in my response. I'd like to think that my best, I am a very empathetic, for almost every person I have ever met. Of course, there are certain exceptions, but, I want to respond to this ruling as a Christian. How would a Christian person respond? With love, compassion, understanding and empathy. Regardless of Religion, whether profess to be; Christian, Atheist, Hasidic Jew, Hindu, Islam, Episcapalian, Catholic or anything else- I think we can all respond in a similar way. With love and understanding. We might not understand completely what each LGBTQ situation is or how they feel, but we can try. And we can show kindness. Let them be who they choose to be, and make their own decisions.

My views may be somewhat progressive for many in my faith. Actually, they might not be. I was raised in an Ultra-Conservative Republican home. That home was shattered when my parents had a very bad split up, divorce, (gasp), I felt somewhat ostracized and so did both of my parents to some extent. This gave me so much empathy for many in differing and similar situations. Or, who may have had to live with abusers. Regardless of gender, creed in a marriage or any relationship; no one should have to live with an abuser.  Or a broken home. That was healing, coming to that realization.

Persons who identify themselves as LGBTQ are not that different from you and I. They are people trying to live life the way that feels right to them, regardless of what I think. I can remember that we have more in common than we have different. I might not agree with the way they choose to live, but I can respect it. Just as they respect my heterosexual marriage and union, I can respect their need to have rights that are similar to mine. Maybe I am Libertarian, I had always thought I was a Republican. Personally, I don't think my Political Affiliation really matters at all.

I know that people have a right to make choices that makes them happy. I make choices every day that I think are the best for me and my family. Those in LGBTQ Families are making choices every day that are just a little different from mine. I still believe marriage is between a Man and a Woman and God. I know this. However, this does not mean that others do not have the right to believe otherwise. In 2 of the articles of faith I believe in it states what I am thinking very well. Articles of faith 11 and 12.http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/articles-of-faith

11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
 12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
I also believe that Gender is a Divine Charachteristic.  I believe in the Family a Proclamation to the World as well.  I can believe in all these things at the same time. I want the world to be happy. And the inhabitants to be happy. Satan's plan was to not allow us to choose for ourselves, that we would all be made to come back to God in the end, but we had no choice. Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to choose them, not be coerced, or be forced to live among them above. Our decisions and our actions, our will was given to us from God. I feel that each person on the earth has a right to choose what they will do with their life. 


THE FAMILY

A PROCLAMATION TO THE WORLD

WE, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
WE DECLARE the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society


The Proclamation was put forth By the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I have used its contents, but the Church owns the work, prayers and revalation that this document came from and everything it is.